Bath raises awareness of Ovarian Cancer

Tuesday 23 February

Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath is encouraging Gippslanders to support Ovarian Cancer awareness month by attending an Afternoon Teal event.

Ms Bath, who recently lost a close relative to ovarian cancer, today spoke in parliament about the disease which is the most common cause of gynaecological cancer death in Australia. 

“Ovarian cancer is an insidious disease that takes far too many of our precious mothers, sisters, daughters and friends,” Ms Bath told the parliament. 

“Statistics tell us that only 43 per cent of the almost 1,500 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year will survive.  

“With no early detection test, it is so important that women are aware of their family history and know the signs and symptoms of this disease.” 

Ms Bath said information on the disease could be found on the Ovarian Cancer Australia website and she encouraged women to seek regular health check-ups with a trusted doctor. 

“Sadly cancer affects too many Australian households and just last month my own beautiful cousin lost her battle with ovarian cancer. 

“Sandra a well-known identity from Trafalgar – could disarm and charm almost everyone she met. 

“This Saturday as I attend an afternoon Teal at the home of Leongatha resident Belinda Brennan it will be in honour of Sandra Willis and her irrepressible spirit, irreverent sense of humour and kind nature.” 

Wednesday is Teal Ribbon day and Ms Bath encouraged people to buy and wear the ribbon or attend a local Ovarian Cancer awareness event. 

Event details can be found at and for more information visit


Photo Caption: Pictured are Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath and Member for Morwell Russell Northe with their teal ribbons supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness.


Media Contact: Renee Switzer 5174 7066

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